So, the New York Post just recently broke the news that De Blasio is considering maintaining remote learning for NYC schools in September. If this sends a chill of dread...
JUST ADDED: one hour talkback with Dr. Michelle Tichy, an educational psychologist with expertise in developmental and social psychology of the child – she can answer your questions about remote learning and how to balance this with your creative career. GET TICKETS NOW. Event is online on May 21, 8:30pm. If you are in dire financial need, please ask us about sponsorships. They are available.
Promoting your side-gig and more! We know this time is impossible (because we are also under lockdown) – and we wanted to help.
- our weekly accountability meetups are now ONLINE and everyone can join, FREE. Now more than ever we need to be held accountable to our own writing goals. If there are too many participants in any one meetup, we will just start a new meetup. (They are free for the duration of the pandemic, though we would be grateful if you could become a Title Member at only $10/month to defray our costs and ensure we can keep going) If you can’t afford $10, please like us on Facebook and find the meetup you would like to join on our Events listings – there are four and one is at 10pm on Wednesday nights (EDT), designed for after-kid-bedtimes! That one was specifically to reach out to members living in other time zones, but now thanks to the demands of this pandemic, anyone can join any of them! Just use the contact us link to let us know which you’d like to join. Here are your options – all times are listed in NYC Time Zone:
- Tuesday Mornings 10am-11am run by M. M. De Voe (formerly at Paragraph Writing Space on 14th Street in Manhattan)
- Tuesdays at Noon (12pm-1pm) run by Mai Lauren Hoang (formerly at Center for Fiction in Brooklyn)
- Wednesday Afternoons 2pm-3pm run by Marcia Le Beau (formerly at The Write Space in Oranges/Maplewood NJ)
- Wednesday Nights 10pm – 11pm run by M. M. De Voe (created as an online National meetup!)
- Friday Mornings 10am-11am run by M. M. De Voe (formerly in the Oculus at WTC in Lower Manhattan)
- Fridays at Noon – not on Zoom but on Facebook, we post a text-only accountability thread to hear how everyone is doing. Please check in if you are a member and can’t meet weekly on Zoom. We still want you to keep writing and would like to hear how things are going and offer our support every week.
- we are assembling a list of FOR HIRE members – any writer with kids who needs work and has an editing gig or a teaching gig or is a book doctor or coach is invited to send us a link to your website as well as your top two genres (what are you good at? Poetry? sci-fi? literary realism? essays? transgender sensitivity? epic novel structure? what??) and we will post you on our new FOR HIRE section. Just use the contact-us form on this site to let us know you want to be added.
- we ALSO just launched a writer-parent discussion forum that is NOT video just text – since many of you have reported you don’t feel comfortable chatting on Facebook but still prefer typing to talking on video, we put up a forum section on a Wix website where you can message other writer-parents about anything writing or Covid-outbreak, or working from home with kids at home or just anything. HERE IS THE LINK.
- our fellowship is now closed — congratulations to all who submitted. (You could be awarded $1000 and a year of mentorship!) – Word count was VERY small this year to make sure everyone could write something new. If you missed the window but did finish a story, consider submitting it to a Flash Fiction journal (google Flash Fiction, there are several that pay!)
STAY SAFE & BE WELL – during this emotional and delicate time, write creatively only as you can. It is very hard to sit down to write during this time, but all of our members who have managed some time for their creativity have felt the improvement in their mental health. Staying sane is as important as staying physically healthy – so do what you must to keep yourself well. Write less. Write more. But don’t forget that under all this quarantine duty, you’re still a writer.